The judges for Canelo-Plant are Moretti, Morse Jarman and Weisfeld; The referee is Russell Mora
LAS VEGAS – Familiar officials were assigned to combat at the Canelo Alvarez-Caleb factory on Saturday evening.
BoxingScene.com has confirmed that the Nevada State Athletic Commission has selected veteran Nevada judges Dave Moretti and Patricia Morse Jarman and Steve Weisfeld of New Jersey to mark their unifying 12-round, 168-pound title fight at MGM Grand Garden. Arena. Another Nevada veteran, Russell Mora, has been chosen as the referee for their Showtime Pay-Per-View main event.
This will be the third time since September 2018 that Moretti and Weisfeld have worked together on an Alvarez fight.
Most recently, Moretti and Weisfeld scored Alvarez a 115-113 winner over Daniel Jacobs in their unification 12-round middleweight title fight in May 2019 at T-Mobile Arena. Glenn Feldman of Connecticut credited Alvarez with a 116-112 victory over Jacobs, who lost a unanimous decision.
Two fights earlier, Moretti and Weisfeld each gave Alvarez credit for a 115-113 victory over Gennadiy Golovkin in their 12-round middleweight championship rematch at T-Mobile Arena. Feldman even got it, 114-114, in September 2018, when Alvarez won a majority decision.
Overall, Moretti has judged 10 of Alvarez’s professional fights. Most notably, Moretti scored Alvarez a 116-112 loser against Floyd Mayweather in their 12-round junior middleweight title fight in September 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Weisfeld worked three of Alvarez’s fights.
Morse Jarman has only scored one of Alvarez’s fights, but not since having it ahead of Jose Cotto, 78-73, in an Alvarez fight won by technical knockout in the ninth round in May 2010 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. While not as established as a top judge as Moretti or Weisfeld, Morse Jarman has been one of Nevada’s top scorers in recent years.
She did, however, have Jamal James ahead of Radzhab Butaev through eight rounds, 76-75, in Showtime’s main event on Saturday night at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino’s Michelob ULTRA Arena. The other two judges – Californian Max De Luca and Connecticut Don Trella – had Russian Butaev ahead of James of Minneapolis by the same score, 77-74, before referee Celestino Ruiz stopped their scheduled world title fight. WBA welterweight in 12 rounds at 2:12 of the ninth round
Mora, meanwhile, also worked a fight against Alvarez. He was the arbiter of Alvarez’s 11th round knockout against Sergey Kovalev in their light heavyweight title fight two years ago at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Alvarez viciously took out Kovalev in this hotly contested fight.
Mora recently praised how he handled the epic five-stroke heavyweight championship fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. He allowed a seemingly exhausted Wilder to stay in the fight longer than some referees would have allowed, leading Wilder to have his moments in a WBC title fight which Fury insisted on winning by KO in the 11th. round.
Keith Idec is a senior writer / columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.